A 'Just and Resilient Recovery' framework for international donors and financial institutions

July 09, 2020

Even as some of the most severe COVID-19 outbreaks subside, the pandemic continues to spread around the world, with 11.5 million cases confirmed and more than five hundred thousand deaths as we write. Roughly two-thirds of all new confirmed cases... Read more

60 percent of teens are not thriving: it's time to prioritize teen mental health and well-being

July 02, 2020

Of the 25.1 million teens in the United States between the ages of 13 and 18, 60 percent report languishing or only feeling moderately mentally well. That's fifteen million teens who are not flourishing psychologically, socially, or emotionally. Indeed, the... Read more

Leading in solidarity to reshape the nonprofit ecosystem

July 01, 2020

We are five women of color leading five organizations deeply embedded in the nonprofit ecosystem of Detroit and southeast Michigan. We have five missions, five work styles, and five voices. With mutual intentions and hearts, we have decided to work... Read more

Uplifting the LGBTQ+ community in the nonprofit sector

June 30, 2020

The LGBTQ+ community has had a lot to celebrate during Pride Month. On June 15, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from job discrimination on... Read more

Young Americans, racial equity, and the pandemic

June 29, 2020

Recent events have galvanized tens of thousands of young Americans of all races into becoming active and vocal supporters of Black Lives Matter — a vigorous, positive, can’t-be-ignored movement rooted in the efforts of countless others who have worked hard... Read more

5 Questions for...EunSook Lee, Director, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

June 25, 2020

Launched in 2014 with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Ford Foundation, and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund works to foster a culture of civic participation among Asian... Read more

Silence in the social sector

June 24, 2020

The recent string of police killings came on the heels of a coronavirus pandemic. Now the training wheels are off and the world is responding to a bigger pandemic: racism. Statements of solidarity are flooding inboxes — including some surprisingly... Read more

Sharing power, getting results: engaging community in foundation decision-making

June 22, 2020

We are living in a singular moment, one with little precedent. A global pandemic followed by an economic recession followed by nationwide protests against police misconduct and systemic racism — all of it occurring in the span of a few... Read more

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

June 16, 2020

Too many people in our home state of North Carolina are struggling to survive as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on their health, financial stability, schools, and communities. As the pandemic rages on, we also see thousands of residents protesting George Floyd’s... Read more

Foundations step up funding for COVID-19 response efforts (May 16-June 15, 2020)

June 14, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt life in the United States and around the globe, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants... Read more

"I Am Tired...The Pandemic of Racism Must End"

June 08, 2020

Over the past week, civil unrest has gripped the nation. Much of it was sparked by the unwarranted and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer who held his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for almost... Read more

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

June 05, 2020

When thinking about what your organization should do to adjust to the "new normal," you may need a partner who can help you reimagine your mission and vision and develop a strategy. The partner may be a branding agency, a... Read more

The power of diverse boards: an argument for change

June 04, 2020

We have a lot of work to do. Most of us have known this for some time, but the events of the last few weeks highlight just how much work remains to be done. The fight for diversity, equity, and... Read more

Maintaining a consistent fundraising stream: lessons learned from COVID-19

June 01, 2020

Over the last few months, the staff at Valleywise Health Foundation has witnessed astounding levels of empathy and generosity directed toward healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maricopa County. Many nonprofits and public charities are hurting... Read more

Building the Expertise of the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders Through Competitive Evaluation

May 29, 2020

In philanthropy, more often than not, those seeking funding are engaged in a competition — even when the process is not explicitly categorized that way. A well-designed, well-run philanthropic competition creates value for all parties, from the clear benefit of... Read more

Uniting to Protect and Empower Women Is Everyone's Responsibility

May 28, 2020

Imagine cowering in fear from the person you once trusted more than any other. This is the reality for the one in three women globally who will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. In the United States,... Read more

The Forgotten Sector?

May 27, 2020

All nonprofit organizations, large or small, have one thing in common — they exist to provide a public benefit. Although smaller nonprofits, defined provisionally as having five hundred employees or fewer, have been able to take advantage of government lending... Read more

Corporations Ramp Up Support for COVID-19 Response Efforts (May 1-15, 2020)

May 24, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads globally and in the United States, corporations and their foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. The roundup below captures some of the corporate activity... Read more

Support Children and Youth to Prevent the Next Pandemic

May 21, 2020

As doctors and nurses struggle to cope with the impacts of SARS-CoV-2, scientists are racing to develop a vaccine that will stop the virus in its tracks and prevent further harm to people's health and livelihoods. Their efforts are a... Read more

The Solution for Saving Mom-and-Pop Businesses

May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the U.S. economy, leaving every community facing tremendous uncertainty. One thing is clear, however: low- and moderate-income communities and the small businesses they support will suffer the most if we do not move quickly to... Read more

Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts (May 1-15, 2020)

May 17, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt life in the United States and around the globe, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants... Read more

The Reinvention of the Nonprofit

May 14, 2020

Like many of you, I've learned new ways of doing things over the last month and half. For instance, I have: participated in a virtual board meeting with a nonprofit that, pre-pandemic, would not allow board members to call in... Read more

COVID-19 Is Prompting a Global Response From Impact Investors

May 13, 2020

For most of us, the coronavirus pandemic is the first truly global crisis of our lifetimes. But while signs of progress against the virus have emerged from parts of Asia and Europe, infections and virus-related deaths continue to climb in... Read more

Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, the SDGs Are More Relevant Than Ever

May 10, 2020

The world is dealing with a crisis of monumental proportions. The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe, destroying lives and ruining livelihoods. The primary cost of the pandemic as calculated in the loss of human life is distressing,... Read more

Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome on the Road to Success

May 08, 2020

Picture this: An organization's founder has been in place for decades. They are well-respected for their years of hard work and are credited with driving the organization’s long-term success. They've been in the position for so long, in fact, that... Read more

Stop Excluding People of Color in Environmental Policies

May 06, 2020

The fight to save our planet should be about ensuring a long and sustainable future — for everyone. However, as the coronavirus has spread across America, it has laid bare the harsh inequities in American society. The inequities have surfaced... Read more

Billions of Dollars Need to Be Mobilized to Combat COVID-19

May 05, 2020

As self-isolation and self-quarantine, lockdowns, and social distancing are adopted to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, poor and less affluent communities, in both the Global South and North, will be especially vulnerable. The world, perhaps more than ever,... Read more

Corporations Ramp Up Support for COVID-19 Response Efforts (April 16-30, 2020)

May 03, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads globally and in the United States, corporations and their foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. The "quick-hit" roundup below captures some of the corporate... Read more

Nonprofits Need Certainty in Uncertain Times

April 30, 2020

There are people who thrive on uncertainty — people who enjoy the rush of facing challenges with limited information and even less planning. I'm the other sort of person. For those of us who prefer process over improvisation and who... Read more

5 Questions for...Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund

April 29, 2020

Ellen Dorsey has served since 2008 as the executive director of the Wallace Global Fund, where she helped launch Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of more than two hundred foundations that have pledged to divest their portfolios of fossil fuel companies... Read more

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  • "[L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance...."


    — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

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